Sunny Day Real Estate: Live (1999)

liveSunny Day Real Estate
Live; 1999
Sub Pop Records

My Rating: 4/10

This was a “contractual obligations” album I guess, released by Sub Pop after the band jumped ship post-HOW IT FEELS. The performances themselves are muscular enough I suppose, but as far as live albums go, the recording and production are pretty flat. The one highlight is the closer, “Days Were Golden,” magnificently executed live. Other than that, would it have hurt to fill all 80 minutes of the plastic disc with music? Surely SDRE was playing more than 11-song sets on their first reunion tour. For fanatics only…

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